In 2010, Goessel Police Chief Eric Reed suggested to the city council that an arm patch be designed for the city’s police officers. Many departments have such patches, but Goessel didn’t.
The council approved the idea, and Reed contacted Goessel High School art teacher Brian Stucky about the idea. Stucky gave his students an opportunity to submit a design, and senior Jake Smucker’s design was chosen as the winner.
“I thought it would be fun, and it worked out pretty well,” Jake said.
His design features a threshing stone, wheat stalks, and the words “GOESSEL Police” in white on a blue background. The wheat imagery was included because of the local importance of wheat farming, Jake said.
He designed the patch using the Adobe Illustrator computer program. Jake said he plans to take some graphic design classes at college and see if it is something he would like to pursue as a career. He will attend Goshen College in Goshen, Ind.